The 5 Geographic Priority Zones:

Western NC – Generally located from the City of Marion to the Town of Forest City to all points


Piedmont NC – Generally located between High Point and Marion/Forest City, including the I-77


Eastern TN – Generally located from the City of Crossville to the City of Chattanooga to points


Upstate SC – Generally located from the capitol City of Columbia to points north and west.

Raleigh/Triangle NC – This Priority Zone is reserved solely for the benefit of a large project

teaming and unique JMTE relationships.

J. M. Teague Engineering & Planning Service Area

History has demonstrated that serving clients responsively, efficiently, and profitably usually

happens for those clients located within an approximate 2½ hour driving distance of the J. M. Teague Engineering and Planning (JMTE) Waynesville office. JMTE has identified five geographic Priority Zones to focus our Client Relationship Management (CRM) activities.

The Priority Zones do not have fixed boundaries but are identified as generalized geographic

areas for implementing and monitoring JMTE’s CRM program. Although this is our primary service area, we have projects throughout the United States.



With warmer weather, you likely see more bikes on the road, so it’s a perfect time for a reminder to Share the Road.


For drivers, sharing the road begins with the understanding that bicyclists and motorcyclists have the same rights as you. They also face unique safety challenges, such as being smaller and less visible. Look for cyclists where vehicles do not appear, like before making a left-hand turn at an intersection. Also, motorcyclists may have to downshift and weave to avoid bumps and road hazards.


Pedestrians have rights on the road, too. Always slow down and be prepared to yield to pedestrians when they’re in a crosswalk. Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk, as there may be people crossing whom you can’t see. And be extra cautious when backing up across sidewalks or in parking lots.


Just like drivers behind the wheel, bicyclists and motorcyclists must obey signs and signals. Ride defensively, assuming others cannot see you, and don’t let yourself be distracted by music, an electronic device, or anything else that takes your focus off the road. Bicyclists should always ride with traffic, use bike lanes when available, and avoid riding on sidewalks. 

Pedestrians should also follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals —there to protect you. If there isn’t a sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far from vehicles as possible. Always cross streets at crosswalks when available; drivers know to look for you there. If there isn’t a crosswalk, cross at a well-lit place where drivers can best see you.


The July 1, 2023 deadline for adopting a municipality’s FY 2023-2024 budget is rapidly approaching… only 4 months or 123 days away!  In conversations with our municipal clients, it seems that their internal budget preparation process starts earlier each year, and estimating certain line items can be quite challenging. As a resource and trusted advisor to our many municipal clients, J.M. Teague Engineering & Planning staff are available to help estimate specific line budgets should you need assistance. Specific project estimates can be developed for ADA assessment and transition plans, corridor studies, small area plans, traffic impact studies, traffic calming ordinances, sign inventories, pavement condition studies, parking studies, event operations and logistics, preliminary streetscape design, greenway feasibility studies, road diet studies, roundabout feasibility studies and preliminary design, pavement marking plans, wayfinding plans, and roadway and intersection safety studies. Visit our website at or contact Dave Gildersleeve, Client Relations Manager, at 828-456-8383 or email


Another Key Deadline:

July 21, 2023 – File certified statement relating to eligibility for Powell Bill funds (with certified map and street listing). We can prepare it for you.

March is Women’s History Month and is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. From Abigail Adams to Susan B. AnthonySojourner Truth to Rosa Parks, the timeline of women’s history milestones stretches back to the founding of the United States.

This means it’s time to celebrate the women in your office!

The celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history, and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest, and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa.

The idea emerged within communities, school districts, and organizations nationwide a few years later. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.